Damped Swing Pendulum

This Demonstration solves the differential equation for a damped swing pendulum, .
Interestingly, starting from a vertical position with zero initial velocity, Mathematica starts the motion on its own (for a small-enough damping constant) because of numerical roundoff errors, somewhat similar to effects which occur in chaotic dynamics.

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 Balázs Kiss (Budapest University of Technology and Economics)
"Damped Swing Pendulum"
 http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/DampedSwingPendulum/
 Wolfram Demonstrations Project
 Published: May 1, 2009
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